Review: The fifth volume in Peppermint Jam's popular "Allstars" EP series hits home hard from the start, as DJ Meme and Brazilian legend Marcos Valle join forces to re-imagine sweaty Azymuth classic "Jazz Carnival" as a driving chunk of celebratory house mayhem. Lovebirds is up next with "The Path 2011", a similarly percussive workout that makes great use of steel band melodies and warm, deep disco bass. Matthias "Matty" Helibronn then gives a Teddy Pendergrass classic the re-edit treatment (albeit with the addition of some tasty new drums and a few well-placed filter sweeps), while The Reflex steals the show with an organ-heavy multi-track remix of Mandrill's 1972 funk shuffler "Ape Is High" (here re-named "Ape's Back In Town").
Review: To celebrate five years of his Lazy Days imprint, Fred Everything gets Crazy P, Art of Tones, Greg Wilson and Ian Pooley to provide a bunch of remixes of some of the label's best-loved tracks. While all provide solid reworks - particularly Crazy P, whose two rubs of Fred Everything's own "Friday" are excellent - it's Art Of Tones who really excels. His three reworks of Tortured Soul's 'Found A Way' are everything a disco-loving house head would wish for; loose, bumpin' and deliciously soulful, riding a wave of loose-wristed live drums and classic synth strings.
Review: The Hamburg Years Part One is the first in a trilogy of EPs containing previously unheard music from Lovebirds man Sebastian Doering, recorded at various points over the last decade. It's a pleasingly varied selection, all told. While there are hints of his usual warm, humid deep house sound in "Coming Back For More" and "Percoe" - both blessed with sun-kissed guitar solos and just as many Balearic, boogie and disco influences amongst the grooves and rich musical touches - the EP also boasts a blazed, head-nodding take on instrumental hip-hop ("Feeltroit"). The release's other cut, "Promises", successfully doffs a cap to classic piano house and feelgood US garage, and is easily the strongest dancefloor contender.
Review: This is the second installment of a trilogy of EPs containing previously unheard music from Sebastian Doering aka Lovebirds. Balearica is an overriding theme here, however we get all kinds of interpretations of the term so there's little room for repetition. "Bells" is a slo-mo 303 odyssey and "Mysterious" is a standout deep house cut - slammin' kicks and warm, gushy synth layers. Elsewhere the focus is on disco, with "National" being a hot mess of breathy vocals, tropical-pop bass and cowbells, whilst the celestial string laden "In Between Clouds" wraps ups the package in nice neat bow.
Review: It's perhaps been a while since Jimpster's Freerange label released something truly outstanding, but their releases are rarely less than enjoyable. This EP is another great example. It features two typically astute remixes from the tireless Axel Boman, who extracts only the finest elements of the rolling, soft-focus original (basically the pulsing synths and echo-laden vocal samples). His second remix is the real killer, a dubby, pulsating rework that offers muted but ocean-deep thrills for dewy-eyed early morning dancers. If you've got the time, loopy bonus cut "Brotha" is worth a listen, too - if only for the hissing cymbals and weighty bottom end.
Review: Hamburg house hero Sebastian Doering returns with a new EP under the Lovebirds alias. The former Knee Deep member serves up "Lost" - a gorgeous pop-inflected number featuring Doering's inimitable style complete with Irishman Stee Downes' irresistible vocal delivery that's been heard recently on tracks by the legendary Phonique. Man of the moment Alexander Lay-Far follows up a great run of releases for Local Talk, Razor N Tape and Leng with a couple of terrific remixes: the Russian delivers the soulful and uplifting Club mix, followed by the smooth nu-jazz antics on the Dub mix - which were reminiscent of classic Atjazz or Bugz In The Attic.
Review: Given that this two-tracker is one of Razor-N-Tape's strongest releases to date, it's good to see it coming out digitally at long last, some 6 months on from its initial vinyl release. Lovebirds man Sebastian Doring takes time out from crafting luscious deep house to deliver a pair of similarly warm and sensual re-edits. "Free (Lovebirds Beautiful Rework)" kicks things off, delivering a wonderfully tactile and breezy blend of Balearic sunshine, reggae-disco rhythms and just the right amount of deep house swagger. "Downandchooback (Lovebirds Edit)" is a more traditional affair, with Doring cutting up a familiar disco favourite, extending the groove in all the right places whilst giving the original vocal pride of place in the nix.
Review: By his previously prolific standards, Sebastien Doring AKA Lovebirds has been rather quiet of late. In fact, this EP marks his first release since last year's notable Record Store Day collaboration with Galliano on Razor 'N' Tape. Predictably, it's something of a good 'un - a surprise deep house cover (or at least that's what it sounds like) of Tullio de Piscopo's Balearic classic "Stop Bajon (Primavera)". Doring serves up two mixes - the dreamy, head-in-the-clouds chug of the "Original Deep Mix" and the slightly livelier, more synthesizer-heavy "Original Vinyl Version" - while Sirs and Raiders of the Lost Arp handle remix duties. The latter's mix, rich in glistening but urgent guitar riffs and jazzy Rhodes solos, is easily the pick of the pair, though Sirs more Italo-centric take is pretty darn tasty, too.
Review: After a collaboration with label staple (and all round German legend) Mousse T recently, Sebastian Doering aka Lovebirds decided to come back to Peppermint Jam with another EP. The Hamburg based producer (and Teardrop label boss) presents the charmingly titled 'New Shit Has Come To Light' which serves up three expressions in timeless deep house - and are as sexy and emotive as you like it! From the sensual late night mood music of "Glove", to the evocative breaks-driven vocal charmer "Da Sixty" and the funky sun-kissed soul power of "Disco Train" closing out this fine EP.
Review: Razor-N-Tape presents "Icarus", a slice of chilled out analogue soul by Lovebirds aka Sebastian Doering with remixes. The original is a deep soul jam reminiscent of Roy Ayers' Ramp project, while the Tall Black Guy's remix gets more of an R&B swagger on in style. We particularly enjoyed JKriv's lush little boogie down rendition, which really hit that sweet spot in all its neon lit glory. Each mix gets its own side in this EP, with stunning full color artwork, making it a truly special package perfect for both
Pablo Bolivar - "A Special Night" (feat John Vermont - Ian Pooley Main remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
Raw Instinct - "De La Bass" (Fred Everything remix) - (6:36) 121 BPM
Sebastian Davidson - "Questionmark" - (5:41) 121 BPM
Ben Gomori - "Illusion" - (6:56) 121 BPM
Rony Breaker - "I'll Be The One" (feat Nat Mor - Platzdasch & Dix remix) - (8:02) 120 BPM
The Checkup & Deeleegenz - "My Kingdom" - (6:48) 117 BPM
Mousse T - "The Jam Files, Vol 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (2:07:00)
Review: Hannover's Peppermint Jam predicts that 2018 will be a good year for house music - and what better to support this than with the third outing of the mighty Jam Files series. The label's very own Mousse T. starts the journey with a fresh exclusive, featuring the inimitable Peven Everett on the sensual jam "Pleasure" and even a remix of his anthem "Horny" from '96 by Scott Diaz. Elsewhere, there's also a rework of the classic "Never Enough" by Hamburg legend Boris Dlugosch, plus future classics by newbies like Studioheist on their deep and soulful "In Control" featuring the smooth as silk vocals of Andre Espeut. Also, Raw Instinct get their hot track "De La Bass" reworked by Montreal hero Fred Everything. Jam Files III is the perfect offering for every house music fan or 'music connoisseur' according to the label - we'd have to agree!
Review: Wazi Wazi is usually the label on which we hear Nils Penner's productions, but the dude has also released on Freerange before, and he comes through on the label with a handsomely hand-picked compilation of the label's best from recent months. On the beautifully presented thirteen-tracker you'll find a selection of different forms of house, ranging from the deeper territories to more jacking and pumped up house cuts. The highlights include "My Man" by Lovebirds, Detroit Swindle's "Brother Man", and label head Jimpster with "Distant Light". You also get a continuous mix for good measure. Get in there.
Review: Stee Downes and Lovebirds' are old pals, and first joined forces for a 12" on Winding Road Records five years ago. Their joint effort on this fine EP, "Love's Like Dancing" is something of a cheery, mood-enhancing treat. A slick vocal number that should suit both disco and house floors, it sounds like classic Blackjoy fused with Lovebirds' usual brand of colourful deep house positivity. Crazy P man Jim Baron dons his now familiar Ron Basejam guise on the remix, delivering a bouncy nu-disco/deep house fusion. Lovebirds goes solo on the woozy, Rhodes-laden deep house haziness of "Feel The Bern", while the accompanying Talkbox Edit adds woozy, robotic vocals into the mix whilst retaining the track's original feel and structure.